Thursday, December 29, 2011

*Queen Specific

Queen Specific is a window exhibition space displaying site specific art installations. This tall, rectangular vitrine is located on Queen Street West adjacent to and is co-sponsored by Dufflet Pastries. Currently, the work of one of my favorite artists, Toronto-based Jeannie Thib who I had the awesome pleasure of doing a work placement with back when I was in school, has work being featured in the space... Check it out if you get a chance to pass by! 
The work will be up until Jan. 17th 2012.

Column incorporates thirty-six identical waterjet cut polystyrene components that are based on the design of an 18th-century tile from the collection of the Maison Patrimoniale de Barthète in France. The subsequent three-dimensional form is “extruded up” in stacked layers from a plan view of the two-dimensional design. This installation for *QueenSpecific is one of several recent works that use decorative motifs as building blocks in grid based, modular constructions. These works examine relationships between ornament and architecture, original and copy.

Born in North Bay, Ontario, Jeannie Thib studied at York University in Toronto and has exhibited nationally and internationally since the 1980s. Recent exhibitions include B and K Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, NB. She has participated in artist residencies in The Netherlands, France and Australia. Thib’s works are represented in the National Gallery of Canada, the Washington DC Convention Center and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal collections among others and she has created several permanent public art works. 

Jeannie Thib is represented by Katzman Kamen Gallery, Toronto 
and Ferneyhough Contemporary, North Bay, ON 

Here is a look at some of her previous work which I love:

*QueenSpecific is programmed by Toronto based artist Joy Walker.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Julie Moon @ Katzman Kamen Gallery

Before you start to get lost in all of the holiday madness, there are a couple shows currently on that look like they're really worth checking out. I plan on popping by this saturday while people are busy shopping to take in some art. The first show worth noting is an exhibition @ Katzman Kamen Gallery (formerly Leo Kamen Gallery) in the beautiful old bulding that is 
80 Spadina. While I was initially drawn by the work of one of my favorite Toronto ceramic artists, Julie Moon, I am also looking forward to seeing works by Crystal Liu and Rajni Perera.

The exhibition runs till Dec. 22nd, 
Here is a look at some of Julie's work... 

Household Notions opening reception

Finally! its been a while since i've worked in textiles and I am glad to finally have some new work to show... here are a couple pics from the install and the opening of Household Notions at the Telephone Booth Gallery. On until January 28th! If you get a chance, please go check it out!

Friday, December 2, 2011

World of Threads Festival 2012

This looks like its gonna be a good one folks! The calls for submissions are now open for the next World of Threads Festival! Check it out below! Plus a featured artist of the week interview by me, super exciting!

Four Calls for Submissions

2012 World of Threads Festival

The World of Threads Festival is a leading international showcase of contemporary fibre art. It takes place in Oakville & Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We believe that some of the most exciting and compelling artwork being made today is happening in the field of fibre arts. Through our initiatives we have discovered some remarkable artists and brought them to the attention of Canadian and international audiences. Our website has become a central hub for lovers of fibre art with our Weekly Fibre Artist Interviews series. To date we have conducted over 50 interviews, and published 39, with Canadian and international artists.
Common Thread International Exhibitions: We invite artists from around the world to submit. These multiple curated exhibitions feature a large variety of work.
Calls for Submissions:
1)    Artwork and Interior Gallery Installations
2)    Outside Environmental Installations
3)    “Fibre Inspired” exhibition
4)    Proposals for Independent Projects